A History Of Carlton

As the story goes...

In 1872 a railroad was built from Portland to St. Joe, but the train did not stop between the two stations. There was nothing but farm land where Carlton is now. Some of the farmers talked it over and as a result Mr. Wilson Carl went to Portland and talked to the Railroad Company officials to see if they would make a stop closer to them so they would not have to take their produce so far to the railroad. As a result, first a flag stop was tried then a regular stop was made at what is now Carlton. The story is that when the railroad employees talked of this unnamed stop, they started calling it Carl's town, which was soon shortened to Carlton. - Reflections of Carlton

Facts of Interest

Year Incorporated: 1899
Form of Government:  Council/Manager

Geographic Location: NW Willamette Valley

Geographic Area:  0.90 sq. miles
Current Population: 2,065 (12/16/13)
Median Household Income: $55,462 (2009)
Average Home Price: $213,200 (2009)
Public Safety: Carlton Police Department/Carlton Fire District

Sales Tax: none

Elevation: 199 feet

Latitude: 45.29N

Longitude: -123.18W

Time Zone: Pacific Time

Zip Code:  97111

Motto:  "A Great Little Town"

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